Coin Specifications

Category: Patterns & Trial Coins
Mintage: 2
Catalog: KM-Pn94
Composition: Silver
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 J-99 50C PF obverse 1839 J-99 50C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Judd-99, Pollock-109, R.8.

Design. The obverse is the regular Capped Bust half dollar die as used from 1836 through 1839. The reverse shows an eagle with its head turned right (facing), with olive branch in the left talon and four arrows in the right. The usual legends encircle the rim. Struck in silver with a reeded edge.

Commentary. The reverse design will be instantly familiar to students of U.S. coinage, as it is quite similar to that used on the short-lived twenty cent coinage of 1875 through 1878. The arrows and olive sprig are switched, and other minor details vary, but there is no mistaking the many identical elements. The obverse was also used on Judd-72, Pollock-75 of 1838. The weight of the Garrett-Bass-Simpson specimen is recorded as 192 grains, which would place it in the category of mid-19th century (or later) restrike. Saul Teichman of USPatterns.com calls these restrikes made for sale in the 1870s, as evidenced by the heavy die rust prominent on both sides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 63


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1/7/2009 NGC PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 1525 $40,250.00


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